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Tony Stewart will have a new crew chief for his final season in NASCAR.
Blake Griffin scored 23 points, DeAndre Jordan had a season-high 24 rebounds along with 18 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-87 on Monday night for their third straight victory.
Defender Nat Borchers stepped up for the Portland Timbers with an MLS Cup spot in the line.
Clay Helton has twice taken charge of the Southern California football program in moments of crisis and steadied the Trojans with calm leadership.
Possible destinations include lower-profile Big Ten-affiliated bowls such as the Foster Farms Bowl (Dec. 26, Santa Clara, Calif.), the Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 26, New York) and the Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 28, Detroit).